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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Russia given extra doping tests during 2014 World Cup - former FIFA doctor

Mark Ogden discusses the uncertainties surrounding stadiums such as Fisht Stadium in Sochi ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Russia's 2014 World Cup squad were subject to extra doping tests, former FIFA chief medical officer Jiri Dvorak told BBC Sport.

Dvorak said the tests adhered to correct procedures and were carried out because of rumours about Russian athletes, but they came back negative.

"We heard some rumours about xenon in Russia, so we decided to test that," Dvorak said.

"We just tested the Russian team for that because the substance was unknown in the rest of the world. All tests were negative."

Xenon, a gas...

FIFA president Gianni Infantino praises Russia for Confederations Cup

Russia has been praised by FIFA president Gianni Infantino for its hosting of the Confederations Cup ahead of next summer's World Cup.

Infantino told a news conference at the St. Petersburg Stadium that "everything ran perfectly" in the tournament, which concludes when Germany and Chile contest the final on Sunday.

"We were hearing about violence, about incidents, about hooligans, about racism -- but we had nothing," he said, referring to pre-tournament fears.

However, the shadow cast on Russian...

WADA fears Russia football doping 'cover-up' over 155 test samples

Russia's national team could be so much better if their league was stronger.
Russia's 2014 World Cup squad is under investigation by FIFA, according to a report

World-Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) investigator Richard McLaren has told German TV network ARD that 155 samples related to Russian footballers have been reported to FIFA, saying he believed those samples were part of a doping cover-up.

McLaren said he believed this could be part of a cover-up separate to that revealed in the report that led to the banning of Russian athletes from the Olympic Games in Brazil.

"There are 155 samples that were seized by WADA and are awaiting analysis. We have reported...

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Russia's Deputy PM Vitaly Mutko hits out at UK press after doping claims

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko has told the TASS news agency that the country's national football team has never had any issues with doping and accused the English media of writing "nonsense."

The Mail on Sunday reported at the weekend that "FIFA have admitted they are investigating whether Russia's entire 23-man 2014 World Cup squad were part of the country's state-supported doping programme and cover-ups."

The English newspaper said the 23 players on the Russia team that lost in the...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

FIFA confirms doping investigation into Russian players

Russia's national team could be so much better if their league was stronger.
Russia's 2014 World Cup squad is under investigation by FIFA, according to a report

Russia's entire 2014 World Cup squad is being examined by FIFA after allegations of suspected doping, according to a report by the Mail on Sunday, with world football's governing body confirming an investigation is ongoing.

The 23 players on the Russia team that lost in the group stages in Brazil three years ago are among at least 34 Russian footballers in the list of over 1,000 athletes listed as "people of interest" in reports commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)...